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Bumbling architect Romeo and handsome contractor Mario meet their match while building a balcony for Verona, NJ siren, Juliet.
Bumbling architect Romeo and handsome contractor Mario meet their match while building a balcony for Verona, NJ siren, Juliet.
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Throw the Capulets, the Montegues, the Shylocks, Macbeths and Hamlets into the melting pot of contemporary Verona, New Jersey, and you'll cook up The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet.

When handsome contractor Mario attempts to build Juliet's balcony from would-be architect Romeo's ill-concieved plans, the age-old triangle of builder, client and architect becomes a modern love triangle.

Just when rebellious Juliet is trying to give the slip to bumbling Romeo, along comes dashing Mario, whose razor-sharp riffs are pure blue-collar poetry. Nouveau riche, old money and working class go head-to-head.

A new "play's the thing." The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet mixes prose with a smattering of poetry, comedy with a touch drama. It's a field day for those who love Shakespeare, and an eye-opener for those who thought they never could.

At first, the idea for Mario and Juliet was a screenplay treatment and a handful of scenes. They collected dust for decades. Then, after a thirty-five year hiatus, I returned to live theatre to play a bit part. Before long I founded Dead Cat Productions and produced and directed several successful productions for DC's Capital Fringe Festival. Eventually, the stage seemed the logical place for Mario. The rest is history in the making.

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The Dead Cat's critically aclaimed productions include Glengarry Glen Ross, a Washington Post Editor's Pick at DC's Capital Fringe Festival; and our audacious reinvention of Peter Swet's The Interview.

Dead Cats in the Press:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/performing-arts/glengarry-glen-ross,1209755.html#critic-review

http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2012/07/15/capital-fringe-review-the-interview-by-anne-tsang/

http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2012/06/06/coming-to-the-capital-fringe-peter-swets-the-interview-by-wayne-nicolosi

Risks and challenges

Challenges? Well, money. We're signed up and approved for the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival, but if we can't get backing, I'll need to eat the Festival fees and close down. Other than that, the only thing that could stop us now are the normal things that shut down a show: plague, flood, fire, pestilence.

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